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Bonefish & Tarpon Trust News

By Chris Santella  Photo: Christina Wilson / FWC When the COVID-19 pandemic swept across college campuses, most students hunkered down to endure months of uninspired online education, augmented with marathon video game/Tik-Tok sessions. Elijah Dwoskin headed to the Keys. To work for free. And Dr. Ross Boucek and Bonefish & Tarpon Trust gained a valuable […]

The Islands of Islamorada, a luxury vacation resort located in the Upper Florida Keys, has established its support of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust as a Silver Sponsor. “The Frisbie family and The Islands of Islamorada are honored to contribute to the preservation of our marine life and environment,” said Dave Frisbie, Co-founder of the Frisbie […]

Casa Vieja Lodge, a luxurious angling retreat located on the Pacific Coast of Guatemala, has become a Gold Sponsor of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. “We are excited to support BTT on their conservation efforts,” said co-owner Captain David Salazar. “With four toddler girls of our own it’s important to us to continue to lead by […]

Matt Connolly Bonefish & Tarpon Trust will honor Matt Connolly with the Lefty Kreh Award for Lifetime Achievement in Conservation at the organization’s 7th International Science Symposium & Flats Expo, November 4-5, 2022, at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach, FL. “Matt Connolly shaped the cause of conservation in our nation,” said BTT President and […]

POSITION DESCRIPTION  Executive Assistant  Our Organization  Bonefish & Tarpon Trust is dedicated to the conservation of bonefish, tarpon and permit—the species, their habitats, and the larger fisheries they comprise. We pursue this mission with science-based conservation initiatives, environmental education, and advocacy across a broad region that stretches from the Bahamas to the Yucatan and includes […]

Photo: Pat Ford In collaboration with leading fishing guides and lodges, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust has launched a campaign to educate anglers on the optimum way to handle bonefish to help increase survival rates and conserve healthy populations. The techniques have been developed in concert with some of the top guides in the Florida Keys […]

Photo: Turneffe Flats Bonefish & Tarpon Trust strongly opposes the proposed development near the southern end of Belize’s Turneffe Atoll. The over-the-water development would damage “Big Flat”—Turneffe’s largest backreef flat—and impact the country’s economically and culturally important flats fishery, which generates more than $110 million Belize dollars annually. The backreef is a critical part of […]

Recent tagging research to track habitat use and movements of permit near Ambergris Caye, Belize, has been met with anger by some fishing guides. While we understand the worry some guides may have about the possible impacts of tagging on permit, our previous work with permit in Belize, Mexico, and Florida, with bonefish in Belize, […]

 Decaying sargassum caused a seagrass die-off in the area pictured above. Photo: Dr. Addiel Perez Shifts in a bonefish pre-spawning aggregation (PSA) in northern Belize that BTT scientists and collaborators have been monitoring since 2016 are cause for concern. A tagging study demonstrated that this location on Ambergris Caye hosts bonefish that migrate from home […]

Photo: Dr. Jiangang Luo Bonefish & Tarpon Trust will invest $600,000 to fund a monitoring program at Western Dry Rocks (WDR) and three other critical permit spawning sites in the Lower Florida Keys over the next three years. The project will ensure that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has sufficient data for […]